Bomb threat at German town hall hours after Turkish rally banned

Bomb threat results in German town hall being evacuated

The bomb threat was thought to be linked to another incident when a festival hall where the Turkish Justice minister was due to speak was evacuated as a result of a bomb threat

Friday, March 3, 2017

A bomb threat has forced the mass evacuation of a German town hall this morning - just a day a rally by supporters of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan was banned there.

Officials in the town of Gaggenau, southwest Germany, were alerted to the threat and immediately sprung into action. 

The town hall was searched thoroughly, taking several hours. It's not clear whether any explosives were found.

Supporters of Mr Erdogan were due to gather in the town on Thursday, but the town's mayor, Michael Pfeiffer, cancelled the meeting just hours before it was scheculed to take place.

Asked by broadcaster n-tv whether the bomb threat was linked to the cancellation, Pfeiffer said: "We presume this at the moment, but we don't know for sure. We presume there is a direct link."